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What Makes GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology Different?

Technology is a key part of any business—and this dependence on technology is expected to be a key economic driver across all industries in the U.S. The jobs of tomorrow have yet to be conceived, though the skillset required to flourish in this unknown environment exists today.

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Grand Canyon University has responded to the demand for these specialized skills with degree programs that prepare people to work and advance in the technology field. Our goal is to create programs that are not focused on the way things have been done in the past. We instead formed our programs by incorporating the perspectives of key industry leaders.

Here’s what industry leaders in technology told us:

  • Focusing on the latest programming language is shortsighted. As with learning any language, you need to understand the evolution of programming languages in order to build on that foundation with other more complex versions
  • There is too much division between computer science and information technology professionals. These two areas need to be familiar with the needs and outcomes of both areas in order to form cross-functional departments that can meet the needs of the workplace
  • Too many schools focus on the hardware and not nearly enough on software
  • Communication between humans and computer-to-user communication are critical for ongoing development and the successful launch of any computer-based program
  • Graduates do not have enough experience
  • Too many programs are exclusive and cannot keep up with the demand for new curriculum

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Building Basics. Instead of simply teaching students to master the most current programming language, our students first learn to code in Python. Then, depending on their area of emphasis, they move on to coding with C++, PERL and Java and then more on to more specialized app languages like C#. By learning these languages in succession, students gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of programing languages. These fundamentals make our graduates more adaptable to new technologies, allowing them to learn additional programing languages more easily and making them more marketable to a variety of different employers.

CS and IT Together. GCU takes a systems approach with technology, which means our students are fully versed in both disciplines. Majors in the computer science, information technology and engineering programs take the same foundational courses during their first semesters at GCU.

Virtual Environment. Our students aren’t here to build or take apart computers, which would prepare them for a job as an entry-level technician. Instead, our students study in a virtual learning environment that allows them to build and create using software.

Work Experience. Our goal is for students to find a career when they leave GCU—not just a job. Businesses want students who are ready to “plug and play.” Our senior capstone includes a project from a real-world client. Students will work to solve their client’s technology problem throughout the semester. Instead of an internship-heavy program, this ensures that all students get the opportunity for real-life work experience.

One Application. We are passionate about helping to meet the growing industry’s demand for high-quality graduates. As such, we do not require a second application or limit the number of academically prepared students accepted into the programs in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Adaptable Curriculum. Technologies are updated almost daily. Thanks to our investor-supported business model, we have the unique opportunity to adapt more quickly to changing technologies than traditional universities. We have an advisory board of industry experts who continue to provide guidance on what businesses want to see from graduates, and we have built and will continue to grow our curriculum to ensure our students are prepared for the workforce of tomorrow.

Want to learn more? Visit gcu.edu/CSET.

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Bringing Hope (Esperanza) to Honduras: Part 3

Denelle Esmay is a senior at Grand Canyon University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major). She and a team of GCU students traveled to Honduras on a global outreach trip in May 2014 to help spread hope to people of Honduras. Check out the final part of her mission to learn the impact of her GCU global outreach trip!

Saturday/Sunday, May 17-18, 2014

After lunch, we loaded three trucks with all of our luggage and ministry supplies. As we started to get into the trucks, we realized that there were only two drivers. One of our team members needed to drive the windy, rocky, treacherous roads of Honduras for about an hour–and that person had to be able to drive stick shift! Luckily for me, one other team member, Diane, could drive a stick shift so with a quick prayer for safety, we were off. On the way there, Nicole and I noticed that there were no gas gauges, no speedometer and no instruments whatsoever. But the more shocking discovery was that the key had fallen out of the ignition while we were driving… and we were still driving! Those little things reminded our team who exactly is in charge and who we must always trust.

We awoke Sunday morning and dressed in maxi skirts and nice shoes because that was custom to wear to church. However, we had not been forewarned that in order to get to the church, we had to hike for at least 45 minutes through the forest and streets and around barbwire fences. We attended a children’s Sunday school where we were asked to perform a drama and play games with the children. Then, in the afternoon, we hiked for 15 minutes up the cobblestone street to the adult church. It was two rows of plastic lawn chairs on the side of a house with farm animals to join in the worship.

We experienced spiritual warfare as well as a miracle at the adult church. One of the members had a painful tumor on her leg for many years. Because of this, the pastor asked our team to lay hands on her and pray for healing. As we were doing this, I started singing, “There is power in the name of Jesus.” After I stopped, it felt as though someone was trying to strangle me by pressing on my chest. It was no ordinary asthma attack! It was a feeble attempt to stop the prayers, but the God I serve is much bigger than that! The rest of the team continued to lay hands on the woman. After about 45 minutes of prayer, we asked her if she’d like a nurse to look at her tumor. She said there was no need to because she was no longer in pain. Praise the Lord!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Llana, Tashina, our translator Keren and I were chosen to go to Azulguapa, a village about 45 minutes away from Dolores, where we would teach English lessons to 4th through 7th grade students. It was much different than Valero Meza in La Esperanza because the children were much more respectful and the teachers gave us their written English curriculum so we could teach them how to teach English.

Then, the moment our entire group had been waiting for had finally arrived: We were going to different houses within Dolores to evangelize! The first house we entered was that of 15-year old Cristian, who had followed us around the village previously. He was born deaf and mute and our team felt the Spirit leading us to his house. We laid hands on him, but did not see any instant healing. It was in that house, however, that we all grew in the Lord as we realized that although Cristian could not hear us, he could surely hear the Spirit. Also while in his home, his grandmother came to know Jesus Christ, and we spent some time referring her to the church so she can walk with others in her journey.

The last house for the night was that of Ophelia. Because this was my last day in Honduras, the team asked me, Diane, Amber and Tashina to enter, while the rest of the team covered her house in prayer. We handed her a bag full of gifts, then told her that we had the free gift of salvation if she wanted to receive it. She agreed and told us that she was hoping we would come! We directed her to the local pastor and just before leaving, she asked us to pray for her alcoholic husband.

Reflection

This trip was a first in many aspects: first trip with GCU, first trip to a developing country, first time teaching in the schools, first time evangelizing and first time I co-led a trip longer than three days. I took with me more than my Honduras 2014 team. I took with me my prayer team, my financial support team and my sending team. None of this growth or the miracles that occurred would have been possible if it was just me by myself, or my team members by themselves. I feel more and more at home in the mission field each time I enter, and I ask for continued prayers as I continue in following God’s mission.

Dios le bendiga (God bless you)

- Denelle

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Asking the Right Questions: Which University is the Right Fit for Your Student?

Ask QuestionsSometimes finding the right college can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. There are literally thousands of choices out there, each with a different feel, academic reputation and social scene. It can get overwhelming, fast.

To help your student avoid some of that anxiety, you can help them narrow down their choices by asking the right questions. Start by asking your student what they are looking to get out of a college experience:

  • What are your primary reasons for wanting to attend college?
    • Have your student complete this sentence: I want to go to college because _______ (ex. I want to be academically challenged, I’m looking for the traditional “college experience” of living on my own)
  • What do you want to major in? What type of work do you think you want to do after college?
    • Someone interested in becoming a software engineer will need to consider different programs than, say, someone who wants to be a teacher.
  • Will you be more comfortable at a larger or smaller university?
    • “I’m not afraid of getting lost in the crowd of a large school” vs. “I want the more personalized, attentive experience a smaller school can offer.”
  • Where do you want to study?
    • Do you see yourself traveling far from home or staying close? Are you looking for a more urban experience, right in the middle of a big city, or would you do better in a rural college town?

Once your student has marked off what they’re NOT interested in, they can start focusing on what they ARE interested in. Help your student start compiling a list of schools fitting their specifications. Then, get in touch with an admissions representative for those schools and ask them for information about:

  • Academics
    • How long does the average student take to complete their program?
    • What is the average class size?
    • Are the instructors all faculty? Are these faculty focused on teaching or on research?
    • What type of support is offered to students? (tutoring services, student services advisor, etc.)
  • Financial Aid
    • What’s the average financial aid package?
    • Can the school provide a breakdown of exactly what I’ll owe out of pocket?
    • Are scholarships renewable?
    • Are there student jobs available?
  • Student Life
    • Are freshmen required to live on campus?
    • Are there many commuters?
    • What types of activities are offered on campus? (sports, intramurals, clubs, spirituality, etc.)

Once your student selects their top choices, it’s time to start scheduling some campus tours. If possible, schedule a tour while school is in session. This will give you and your student the clearest picture of what it will be like to attend any given university. Pay attention to see if lots of students are hanging around or if it’s more of a ghost town; try to sit in on a class to see how lectures and discussions are conducted; ask to take a peek at a dorm room and eat lunch in the student union to get a taste for campus living. Stop a few students and ask them the most important question of all:

Do you like going here? Why?

Arena LawnIf your student is interested in attending a private Christian university with an active student life and generous scholarship opportunities in a place with over 300 days of sunshine every year, Grand Canyon University may be the perfect fit!

GCU offers a private Christian education at an affordable rate. With over 150 academic programs, GCU has something for most everyone. Our classes are led by faculty members who are experts in their respective fields and who are here to teach, not conduct research. Approximately 8,200 students enrolled in campus classes in fall 2013. We also offer an active campus life, 22 Division I sports teams, intramurals, mission trips and campus events.

We invite you and your student to experience GCU for yourselves by attending Discover GCU. This is your student’s opportunity to experience college life firsthand in a safe, supportive environment. For more information, visit gcu.edu/Discover.

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Bringing Hope (Esperanza) to Honduras: Part 2

Denelle Esmay is a senior at Grand Canyon University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major). She and a team of GCU students traveled to Honduras on a global outreach trip in May 2014 to help spread hope to people of Honduras. Check out the second part of her mission—and keep reading throughout the summer to get more of her firsthand experiences on this GCU global outreach trip

Monday, May 12, 2014

Today was our first day teaching at the school! Amber and I taught English lessons to first and second grade classes, while Nicole, Gilliene and Diane held a couple of health lessons such as hand-washing and eating correctly. Llana and Tashina helped fill in for a sick teacher in a computer class. It was refreshing to teach in the schools because Amber and I are studying elementary and special education at Grand Canyon University.

We helped serve in the feeding kitchen, which served over 200 children. We were told that the teachers pick the poorest 200 out of 500-800 students who attend school daily in order to feed them. The remaining receive a snack called “arroz con leche” which consists of rice and milk provided by the teachers.

After a long first day of teaching greetings, colors, animals, etc. and after eating a nice lunch, the local girls at the children’s home, Nely and Chela, taught some of us how to wash clothes and do laundry. It was humbling to see how long it took, but how patient they were. The strange thing was that I felt like I was at home in Honduras, rather than on a two-week mission trip.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We finished teaching second grade, then moved on to third grade. It was more difficult because the teachers took advantage of us being there to help in the classrooms; three out of the five classes that Amber and I taught were left without a teacher. However, the children seemed to be getting used to us being there and they warmed up to us immediately. One second grade boy, Frances, attached himself to my side immediately during each recess and was content sitting by my side and hugging me. It occurred to me that these children probably need a lot more attention than they receive, and it is a major blessing to be able to provide that even for a short time.

Then, after lunch and a siesta, half the group drove with Cristina, our Honduran host, to the women’s prison in the center of town. She held a Bible study with the beautiful women who were in prison for various unknown reasons. Going into the prison I was terrified, but as the doors were locked behind me and God led me to sit next to one of the women, my fear turned to peace. This was another Bible study that happened to occur in a prison. These women worshipped Jesus with beautiful songs of praise and prayer. It was difficult to see their living conditions, if you could call them that, but it was inspiring to see the Light in such dark places.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We finished third grade and started fourth grade in the same manner as the two previous days. Again, the children responded very well to our teaching. This time, the teachers seemed to appreciate learning how to pronounce things in an American accent so most of them remained in their classrooms so they could learn as well.

After lunch, we received the rare opportunity to visit a Lenca village and watch how the women make the beautiful, brightly colored scarves and how they retrieve red beans from the bean pod plants. Our team felt very at ease spending the majority of our own money in the village purchasing these handmade scarves, baskets, table cloths, hair bows and many other creative souvenirs. It was nice to be able to minister to them and to spend a lot more money within the village than they would probably normally receive. As we left, our team felt comfortable knowing that these women who worked so hard daily for so little would be able to provide for their families for longer than usual.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Amber and I had the opportunity to train Llana and Tashina on how to teach English to the students. This was important because they would be teaching English with my group in Azulguapa and Dolores the next week.

While Amber and I taught the rest of fourth grade and part of fifth grade, Llana and Tashina taught the other half of fifth grade. Then, one teacher asked Amber and me to help him teach the pronunciations of some sentences in English and how to change sentences from positive to negative. It was refreshing to help the teacher the moment he needed it instead of coming into the classrooms with our own curriculum.

Then, after lunch, we roasted marshmallows to bring a little bit of the United States to girls at the children’s home. After we finished, it was the girls’ turn to show us a little bit of Honduran pleasure food. Nely and Chela taught our entire team the painstaking process of hand-making flour tortillas.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Our last day at Valero Meza school in La Esperanza was difficult because all the children with whom we had developed special bonds asked our team when we would return. The truth of “probably never”  seemed like the wrong answer, so the only answer we could use was, “I don’t know.” However, it was still heartbreaking to leave all these precious little children.

Llana, Tashina, Amber and I taught English pronunciations of some animals and the colors to each sixth grade class in a similar manner as before. However, this time, we took it a step further by asking the students to form sentences in English describing the animals by color. Nicole, Gilliene and Diane taught sex education to the girls and Pastor Carlos taught sex education to the boys. All in all, our visit to the schools was very successful for the students and teachers and for my team.

Cristina returned to the women’s prison so the rest of our team had the opportunity to study with the women and to see their living conditions. Then, because we had so many marshmallows left over, we decided to make a dessert as a present for the children’s home as we prepared to leave on Saturday. None of the children at the home had ever tried Rice Krispies Treats so our team thought it would be a nice treat to leave for them.

Check out Campus News next month to read more about Denelle’s experiences on her mission in Honduras. Learn more about spiritual life and global outreach at GCU by visiting gcu.edu/spirituallife.

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Bringing Hope (Esperanza) to Honduras: Part 1

Denelle Esmay is a senior at Grand Canyon University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major). She and a team of GCU students traveled to Honduras on a global outreach trip in May 2014 to help spread hope to people of Honduras. Check out the first part of her mission—and keep reading throughout the summer to get more of her firsthand experiences on this GCU global outreach trip

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Our journey to Honduras began early in the morning with a panicked wake up. The representative who was asked to shuttle our team to the airport arrived an hour and half earlier than our expected leaving time. After calling the airlines and getting things straightened out, our team took our time getting ready and ate breakfast, then piled into the shuttle to fly to Houston.

When we arrived in Houston, the team’s patience was tested: Our hotel was in the middle of nowhere and we had to travel at least 30 minutes to the nearest food establishment. This was after taking at least 2 hours to decide where to go for dinner!

After dinner, we discovered the spiritual gifts everyone had been given and we recognized where in the mission to Honduras each one could potentially be used. Then, we reflected on how each of us ended up as part of the team. It was shocking to hear that no one was originally supposed to go to Honduras, as many team members signed up for other trips or did not apply at all. Surely God would work in glorious ways through each one of us.

Friday, May 9, 2014

We started the day off very early in the morning to catch our flight to Tegulcigalpa, Honduras. After arriving, we drove for over three hours on a road that had more twists and turns than life itself, before arriving in the little town of La Esperanza. Honduras is a beautifully lush and green forest full of exuberant life. However, it is one of the poorest nations in Latin America and as we arrived at our home for the week, a children’s home by the name of La Casa Hogar de Immanuel, we experienced true poverty firsthand.

At our impromptu orientation during dinner, we discovered that water only works from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.–anything more than that requires the use of a bucket of water. If we wished for a warm shower, we had to boil our water and we were only allowed to take five-minute showers. Laundry had to be washed by hand on a stone tablet, meals were made on stoves of cement and lunch and dinner generally consisted of rice, beans and corn tortillas.

Saturday/Sunday, May 10-11, 2014

The day started early again as our team woke up, gobbled up some breakfast and headed to the markets to buy food for the week’s meals. We learned quickly that with our large backpacks, tall height, mostly pasty skin and cameraman, we were targeted by some covetous men. However, thanks to the concern of some of the beautiful women selling us food, we were able to get to safety and determine what we would truly need when out and about.

After lunch with some of the local pastors back at the children’s home, we went on a hike up a little mountain to view the entire city of La Esperanza. It was absolutely breathtaking! Our Creator is such an artist!

Sunday was our last free day to explore and enjoy the amazing masterpiece of Honduras before working in the schools, in the prison and in the villages. We went to a tourist park called Pulhapanzak which consisted of a clear river and waterfalls. We had the unique opportunity to go ziplining in a 10-layer course all throughout the park and over the waterfalls. It was nice to get a new perspective on the land as being over it was even more breathtaking than being on it!

Check out Campus News next month to read more about Denelle’s experiences on her mission in Honduras. Learn more about spiritual life and global outreach at GCU by visiting gcu.edu/spirituallife.

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The Importance of Great Instructors

The time is almost here to send out your college applications and apply to your dream schools! While you should consider many factors when deciding where to attend college, one factor that has recently proven to have a lasting impact is the quality of the faculty at a university. In fact, according to a poll by Gallup of over 30,000 college graduates across the country, highly selective, elite colleges don’t necessarily produce happier workers–but professors who connect with their students may play a large role.

Check out the original article from The Wall Street Journal to learn more about the importance of caring instructors in the lives of students.

We also encourage you to learn about the faculty and leadership team at Grand Canyon University as well as some of our esteemed main campus and online faculty.

To learn more about what GCU has to offer, call 800-800-9776 to speak with an admissions representative.

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Summer Checklist for Soon-to-Be Seniors

Attention Class of 2015:

Lope by pool_150Your senior year is finally here (well, almost)! Your junior year was likely spent working hard to keep up your GPA and participating in extracurriculars. The work doesn’t end here, but you’re definitely in the home stretch. College applications are right around the corner and there’s no time like the present to start thinking about where you’d like to be when next summer rolls around.

To help steady the course, Grand Canyon University has compiled a summer checklist for soon-to-be seniors. Consider this the first pit stop in a road map to college (and beyond).

START TESTING

Sign up to take the SAT and/or ACT as soon as possible. Taking them now will give you enough time to retake the exams in the fall if you want to shoot for a higher score. Many colleges, including GCU, consider college aptitude scores when awarding scholarships.

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  1. ACT: 0092
  2. SAT: 4331

HIT THE ROAD

Start by making a list of all the college campuses you’d like to visit. These should be schools you’ve already researched in detail.  Whittle that list down to four or five top choices and try to coordinate visits this summer. Depending on geography, time and funds, you may be able to hit several schools in one trip.

Campus visits are a tremendous help when deciding which school is right for you. By being on campus, you’ll be able to really “see yourself” there next year–or not.

DO YOUR JOB

If you do not have one already, consider applying for a part-time job. It’s a good idea to start saving money now in order to ease the transition to college. Plus, employment is a fantastic resume boost and proves your responsibility and independence to college admissions teams.

Speaking of building your resume, think about taking a summer course at a local college or university. In addition to looking like you’re serious about your future, you’ll likely be able to get college credit for each course you take.

  • GCU offers dual enrollment to students wishing to get a head start on their college degree.

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Narrow down your top picks and organize all the application deadlines and requirements. Put them on the calendar (in ink!) so you won’t miss a deadline.

In the meantime, start researching scholarship opportunities. While schools may offer you institutional scholarships, there are literally thousands of outside or private scholarship opportunities also open to you. Start searching online for scholarships you qualify for and apply—it might just pay off big time.

For more information about Grand Canyon University or to apply, contact an admissions representative at 800-800-9776 or campusadmissions@gcu.edu.

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Campus Eats: Your Guide to Dining at GCU

When you’re moving out for the first time on your own, you may feel intimidated. You have to do your own laundry, keep your dorm room clean and find your own meals. Fortunately, Grand Canyon University has made it easy to grab yummy meals every day of the week! We offer delicious dining options in our Student Union, Thunder Alley and around campus, plus a variety of meal plans to help make campus dining even easier. You won’t have to worry about heading off campus to find your next meal–we’ve brought some of the most popular eateries in the country right here to you:

The Grill 360

Conveniently located on the first floor of the Student Union, The Grill 360 is the place to go when your hunger is out of control. This all-you-can-eat cafeteria features a Mongolian Wok-style station, pizza station, salad bar, dessert station and more. 

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Chick-fil-A

Who doesn’t love chicken? Our campus Chick-fil-A offers all of the classic menu items, including chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and salads.

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Enjoy fresh sandwiches and veggies every day of the week at our campus Subway. They serve up all of your favorite sandwiches, customized with your favorite toppings!

Mein Bowl

Serving up meat and veggie dishes, Mein Bowl offers flavorful Asian cuisine. They also have a sushi bar with a selection of fresh Japanese-style items.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt

Enjoying a cup of frozen yogurt is the perfect way to stay cool during a hot Phoenix summer! Fill your cup with the flavors of your choice and add toppings to customize your treat.

Other Dining Options

GCU offers a few more options around campus, including Simply To Go and Late Night Grill in Thunder Alley, a concession stand in GCU Arena and a Lopes Mart in Chaparral Hall. Wherever you are on campus, it’s easy to pick up a quick bite!

We also host Food Truck Days and Farmers’ Markets during the fall and spring semesters to offer you even more tasty choices. Some of our recent food trucks have included Mojo Bowl, Carh’s Kitchen, Aioli Burger, Waffle Crush, Grilled Cheese Truck and more!

In fall 2014, we also anticipate adding Mojo Bowl and Qdoba to our list of campus dining options.

Meal Plans

For fall 2014, GCU is offering a variety of weekly and block plans, making it easy to eat on campus in a way that works best for you. Our Weekly Plans give you a certain amount of meal swipes per week, while our Block Plans give you a certain number of meals per semester.

Check out gcu.edu/dining to learn more about our dining options and which meal plan may work best for you.

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New Program at GCU: Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts

Are you the next Christian rock star? Grand Canyon University is proud to announce the launch of the Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts through the College of Theology. The BA in Worship Arts is designed to prepare students for careers in contemporary worship ministry and the Christian music industry. The program offers students a strong biblical and theological foundation as well as knowledge in worship leadership, musical performance, production and business management. Bart Millard, the lead singer of MercyMe, has been a consultant.

This program will launch in fall 2014 on our ground campus only and offers students a unique opportunity to connect with the worship industry on both a local level and on a more global scale. It carries out the College of Theology’s mission to help students find their purpose in Christ and features four emphases to help students gain the education they need to succeed in their chosen path:

  • Digital MediaIs your dream job making rock stars look good on TV? Students prepare for a career in visual media aspects of worship ministry (videographer, audio mixer, motion graphics artist, video editor) by learning the technical and visual storytelling skills necessary to produce high-quality video, graphics and audio for short- or long-format video productions.
  • Worship Management – Do you want to manage the talent? Students prepare for careers in planning, organizing, marketing and managing worship ministry for both large and small ministries as well as touring operations for Christian music artists. This program is designed to equip students with competencies necessary for project management, business planning, budget development and control, talent management and event promotion.
  • Worship MinistrySo, you’re a star in the making. With this degree, students gain the skills necessary for a career in local worship ministry by participating in a variety of worship-related ensembles throughout their degree and completing a capstone internship under the supervision of experienced worship leaders in local ministry settings.
  • Worship ProductionGo behind the scenes of Christian rock concerts! Students prepare for a career in the production aspects of worship ministry, including lighting, production design and sound recording. Coursework emphasizes contemporary worship lighting on numerous platforms, scenic design and technical direction, OSHA regulations regarding safety as well as practical sound recording and reinforcement techniques.

For more information about this program, please visit gcu.edu/theology or contact an admissions representative at 800-800-9776.

* Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (800-621-7440; http://www.ncahlc.org/)

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures. Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

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New Programs at GCU: Computer Science and Information Technology

GCU is on the rise, adding academic programs in emerging fields to already robust curricula representing some of the fastest-growing career paths in the country. We emphasize individual attention and offer a dynamic learning environment for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals.

In fall 2014, we will launch the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology on our ground campus only. Each of these new programs features three emphases to help students find their purpose and gain the education they need to succeed in their chosen path.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

This program prepares students to design, install, maintain and operate computer systems as well as perform programming and systems analysis.

Emphases include:

  • Big Data and Analytics – Students explore some of the major problems and trends associated with the storage of huge volumes of data.
  • Game and Simulation Development – Students apply theoretical concepts of computing and simulation in order to create applications for entertainment, education or scientific visualization.
  • Business Entrepreneurship –Students learn how to effectively build and leverage networks in order to identify and grow business opportunities and sustain long-term relationships.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

This program provides students with the knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise needed to care for both an organization’s information technology infrastructure and the people who use it.

Emphases include:

  • Health IT– Students acquire an understanding of the value of health informatics as well as how it can reduce health care costs and increase access.
  • Technology Innovation – Students learn to recognize and evaluate opportunities for technical innovations that can lead to commercial products.
  • Business Entrepreneurship – Students explore the foundation for business leaders and innovators of new technologies and business processes. This program provides preparation in problem-solving using technology.

For more information about these programs, please visit gcu.edu/CAS or contact an admissions representative at 800-800-9776.

* Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (800-621-7440; http://www.ncahlc.org/)

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures. Please note, not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.